How do I create a string search and replace using regex?

In this example you’ll see how we can create a small search and replace program using the regular expression classes in Java. The code below will replace all the brown word and change the color to red.

package org.kodejava.example.regex;

import java.util.regex.Pattern;
import java.util.regex.Matcher;

public class StringReplace {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String source = "The quick brown fox jumps over the brown lazy dog.";
        String find = "brown";
        String replace = "red";

        // Compiles the given regular expression into a pattern
        Pattern pattern = Pattern.compile(find);

        // Creates a matcher that will match the given input against the pattern
        Matcher matcher = pattern.matcher(source);

        // Replaces every subsequence of the input sequence that matches the
        // pattern with the given replacement string
        String output = matcher.replaceAll(replace);

        System.out.println("Source = " + source);
        System.out.println("Output = " + output);

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